"He didn't write it.Acting Administrator Wheeler supports President Trump 100% and is honoured to serve in his cabinet, he also believes whoever wrote the op-ed should resign", said John Konkus, spokesman for Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Another idea reportedly knocking around is that senior officials sign affidavits affirming that they did not write the piece, documents that could later be used in court.
He said the scoop from the op-ed is essentially "Trump's not nice".
Steve Herman reported this story for VOA News.
Martha Joynt Kumar, director of the White House Transition Project, meanwhile, puts the number of true senior administration officials at around 100, defining them as high up in the government and having regular interaction with the White House or the president himself. "These types of political attacks are beneath the Secretary and the Department's mission", said Tyler Houlton, press secretary for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
"To those who believe that this man is a fool, that it's only the people around him that keep his safe, you don't know what you're talking about", Graham said.
Shock and frustration gripped the White House staff as Trump, who demands loyalty from subordinates, publicly lashed out about the op-ed.
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But last week, Amazon responded by asking employees to tell the Vermont Senator "your truth". The company says it created more than 130,000 new jobs in the US previous year .
"I am not author of the anonymous NY Times op-ed", Linda tweeted.
James Dao, who runs the Times op-ed page, told CNN he received the article through an intermediary several days ago, calling the timing of piece's publication and the Woodward book "a coincidence".
"No, Dir. Mulvaney is not the author", a spokesperson for Mulvaney told NBC News. Imagine if Karl Rove and Ari Fleischer made a decision to prevent George W. Bush from actually, you know, doing presidential things.
"No", said US Ambassador Nikki Haley, responding to a shouted question on whether she was the anonymous author. There would have been a lot of internal discussion. "Clearly it would not be my decision alone, and I can not say definitively that we would have gone with it or we would not have gone with it". "Who is the intermediary?" People with no names are writing our nation's history. The Times declined NPR's request for an interview with an editor about its decision.
Bernstein justified his call by citing excerpts from former reporting partner Bob Woodward's new book and an op-ed from an anonymous senior Trump administration official who argued that the president's actions are "detrimental" to the health of the nation.
Now the even bigger challenge falls to Dao's colleagues in the Times newsroom, which is separate from the opinion section.
"So basically", Times investigative reporter Jodi Kantor observed in a tweet on Wednesday, "Times reporters now must try to unearth the identity of an author that our colleagues in Opinion have sworn to protect with anonymity?"